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The Perks of Being a "Januarian"

Current Fletcher Januarians share why starting mid-year offers unique advantages.

With the October 10 admissions application deadline recently passed and decision deadlines to join Fletcher's January cohort fast approaching, we decided to check-in with a few current students from our various degree programs to share their takes on the benefits of joining The Fletcher School as a “Januarian.”

Read below for their hot takes on why being a Januarian allows for a unique Fletcher experience. And if you haven’t got your application in yet, there’s still time!

Lyndon Sam, Masters of Law and Diplomacy (MALD) Candidate, 2021

“I originally planned to pursue an internship last summer, but I chose instead to pursue fascinating research projects, this [past] summer that were inspired by conversations I had with faculty. With the faculty’s guidance, I’ve learned more about clean energy, sustainable transport and workers’ rights than I could have ever done on my own, which has set me up to be uniquely qualified for the job market. Luckily for me, I don’t have to worry about missing the chance to intern since, as a Januarian, I get to apply again next summer.

“Joining the Fletcher community in January is a great way to eat your cake and have it [too].”

Taylor Schiavitti Smith, Global Masters of Arts Program (GMAP) Candidate 2021, Executive Director, Free to Run

“I chose to do the Global Masters of Arts Program because of its unique status as a mid-career hybrid programme and the access to the renowned Fletcher School with an amazing cohort of global leaders. The ability to have asynchronous and synchronous courses in finance, politics, economics, and foreign policy among others allow you to think through IR theories on your own while also learning from the lived experiences of your GMAP peers in those fields. Joining as a midyear student in January can be daunting since you join a group of notable, interdisciplinary intellectuals from around the world halfway through their own education, but it also gives you the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with two different GMAP cohorts.

“The GMAP staff are keen to engage with interested students, and so the best advice I can give if you are interested in the degree is to reach out to them! I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this institution because the Fletcher experience has helped me to be a better Executive Director to Free to Run [which uses adventure sports to develop female leaders in regions of conflict], expanded my world views, and molded me into a better person.”

Danielle Kaidanow, Masters of International Business Candidate (MIB), 2021

"The January start time is an excellent example of Fletcher’s academic coursework offering flexibility without sacrificing academic rigor. The support I received throughout my first spring semester allowed me to adjust to the educational environment without any setbacks compared to the conventional fall semester start. Also, joining Fletcher in January gives you an additional summer session within your studies where you can further explore research and career options before you complete the program."

Chima Omike, Masters in International Business (MIB) Candidate, 2022

“Since I started at Fletcher, I have had multiple opportunities to learn new skills and to participate in insightful conversations around building innovative businesses from a global perspective. Prior to joining in January, I was nervous about the atypical spring takeoff, but as I reflect on my decision to start in January, I think it was a good one. The January intake program allows students to explore several academic and career opportunities within two summers. Last summer, I was selected to champion a COVID-response project for online learning targeting high school students in Nigeria with little or no access to learning resources.

“In applying for the January MIB program, candidates are encouraged to share experiences that highlight their passion and commitment for a rewarding career in international business. Studying at Fletcher has also broadened my networking channels across different global locations.” 

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